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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:47pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his spy novel The Sympathizer. Originally broadcast May 17, 2016.

'Loving' Shows A Quiet Couple In The Eye Of History's Storm

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:26am

Jeff Nichols' new film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the Virginia couple at the center of the 1967 Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage.

Mel Gibson Pours Fever And Passion Into Every Frame Of 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:22pm

Gibson's new movie tells the story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. Critic David Edelstein says Hacksaw Ridge is the work of a remarkable filmmaker.

The 'Dangerous, Volatile Game' Trump Plays With The White Working Class

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:22pm

New Yorker writer George Packer says years of neglect from the Democrats enabled Trump to exploit the biases of the white working class and turn them into a "self-conscious identity group."

'Late Show' Host Stephen Colbert Says He's Finally Found His Post-'Report' Voice

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:02pm

The comic initially avoided joking about politics on The Late Show for fear that he would fall into his Colbert Report persona. He says, "Now, I have no qualms about being sharp and satirical."

Donald Glover Challenges Stereotypes About Rappers In 'Atlanta'

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 12:51pm

Glover created, co-writes and stars in the FX series Atlanta, a hybrid of comedy and drama set on the fringes of the city's hip-hop scene. He has also recorded music under the name Childish Gambino.

Volume 3 Of Eleanor Roosevelt Biography Chronicles The Rise Of An Activist

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 12:51pm

Feminist historian Blanche Wiesen Cook published the first volume of her biography of Roosevelt in 1992. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the newly released final volume is exhausting and exhilarating.

Leonard Cohen Explores The Fragility Of Life In 'You Want It Darker'

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 1:18pm

The 82-year-old songwriter mixes serious contemplation with mordant humor on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says You Want It Darker features some of Cohen's simplest, most effective lyrics.

Hospice Chaplain Reflects On Life, Death And The 'Strength Of The Human Soul'

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:56pm

Kerry Egan's job is to help dying people accept their own mortality. It's profoundly sad, but it's also rewarding. "I'm constantly reminded of ... how much love people have for each other," she says.

Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Chris Gethard; Anthony Bourdain

Sat, 10/29/2016 - 8:00am

Gethard tells personal stories of depression and mania in his new one-man off-Broadway show. Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his 9-year-old daughter.

Remembering Singer-Songwriter Bobby Vee, The Teen Idol Of The '60s

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 12:30pm

Vee, who died Monday, had 38 hit singles including, "Take Good Care of My Baby." During a 1999 Fresh Air interview, Vee explained how the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly got him started in music.

Lush And Romantic 'Handmaiden' Is The Year's Most Irresistible Love Story

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 12:30pm

Though he's known for making quasi-horror films, director Park Chan-wook's latest movie is a melodrama set in 1930s Korea. Critic David Edelstein says The Handmaiden is fun and full of twists.

In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:04pm

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.

As His Mother's Multiple Sclerosis Progresses, A Son Shifts To Caregiver

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:42pm

Novelist Mat Johnson's mother spent decades trying to escape her MS diagnosis. Johnson looks back on her journey — and what it meant when the disease finally caught up with her.

The Twitter Paradox: How A Platform Designed For Free Speech Enables Internet Trolls

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:43pm

Charlie Warzel, who covers technology for BuzzFeed, has written a series of articles about Twitter's response to hate speech. He says the platform's community guidelines are enforced haphazardly.

Harassed On Twitter: 'People Need To Know The Reality Of What It's Like Out There'

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:43pm

After he criticized Trump and the alt right, National Review writer David French was bombarded with hateful tweets — including an image of his child in a gas chamber. "It was unbelievable," he says.

Not Fit To Print? When Politicians Talk Dirty, Media Scramble To Sanitize

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:23pm

Donald Trump isn't the first politician to use course language, but linguist Geoff Nunberg says the 2005 Access Hollywood tape of him discussing women's genitalia wasn't like other live-mic incidents.

Rigging An Election? It's Not So Easy, Voting Law Expert Says

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:22pm

Rick Hasen, founder of the Election Law Blog, discusses Donald Trump's claims of potential voter fraud. "He's threatening the bedrock of democracy, and doing it to claim he's not a loser," Hasen says.

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:38pm

Gethard tells stories of hitting rock bottom in his new one-man off-Broadway show, which is billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life."

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Moonlight' Creators; Mary Oliver's 'Upstream'; 'Black Mirror'

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 8:00am

Playwright Tarell McCraney and director Barry Jenkins discuss their new film Moonlight. Maureen Corrigan reviews Mary Oliver's Upstream. Charlie Brooker dramatizes tech nightmares in Black Mirror.

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